Guidance

Report a serious child safeguarding incident

How local authorities should notify incidents to the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.

Concerned members of the public should follow this process to report child abuse.

Notify the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Local authorities must notify the Panel using the child safeguarding incident notification system.

You must notify the Panel if it’s known or suspected that a child has been abused or neglected.

Use this service if a:

  • child dies or is seriously harmed in your area
  • child dies or is seriously harmed outside England, who is normally resident in your area

For looked-after children, you must notify us of their death whether or not you know or suspect abuse or neglect.

You must do this within 5 working days of becoming aware of the incident.

The Panel will share all notifications with:

  • the Department for Education
  • Ofsted

Using the child safeguarding incident notification system

You must raise only 1 notification per incident, even if more than 1 child is affected. You can include:

  • details of up to 4 children per incident
  • further information, including details of other children involved

Other people you must report the incident to

Follow your local processes to report any incidents to your:

  • Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
  • local safeguarding partners

You must do this within 5 working days of becoming aware of the incident.

You may want to notify LSCBs or local safeguarding partners outside of your area.

Example If the incident relates to a looked-after child who has been placed outside of your area.

Register to use the child safeguarding incident notification system

You should select ‘childsafeguarding notifier’ when registering for the system.

User guides are available to help you:

  • register for an account
  • request role permissions
  • assign, approve and reject permissions

Email mailbox.nationalreviewpanel@education.gov.uk if you have any queries.

Share feedback or report an issue with the system

Complete the feedback form to:

  • provide feedback about the child safeguarding online notification system
  • report an issue using the service
Published 29 June 2018
Last updated 21 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated to show how local authorities should notify the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. Retagged to DfE and Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel.
  2. First published.